May 4, 2012

Foodie Friday - Cinco de Mayo edition - Margarita

Happy Cinco de Mayo, the 5th of May!

Greetings everyone and happy Friday! 

As you may know, tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo. As you may not know, this is one of my favorite holidays of the year because it involves one of my favorite cuisines. So this week we are posting some past recipes AND fantastic Margarita recipe that I spent the afternoon creating. It took a few times before I got it right. My wife says this is a pretty tasty rendition of one of her favorite drinks.  

There are 3 parts to mixing this drink.

1. Rim Salt
2. Piloncillo Syrup
3. This tasty margarita

Let's start!  The rim salt is extremely easy.


1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup table sugar
1 teaspoon of chili powder
~mix all ingredients in a bowl until evenly incorporated.

Next we will prepare the piloncillo syrup.

4 piloncillo cones or 1# turbanado sugar (see note at the end)
2 cups of water
~Place all ingredients in medium sauce pot and boil until sugar is disintegrated, this takes about 10 minutes.

Remember to cool off before using, this has about a 2 week shelf life in the refrigerator.

Now let's make that margarita.

This will make about four 8-ounce margaritas or two 16-ouncer's if you are a lush!

Here is what you need:


4 ounces white or silver tequila
2 ounces of gran gala or triple sec
2 ounces lime juice concentrate
1 ounce orange juice concentrate
2 ounces piloncillo syrup/turbanado simple syrup
1/2 teaspoon rim salt


~In a blender combine the following ingredients and blend on high until smooth.

Before pouring...

Dip glass in frozen mixture


Dip glass into rim salt

Pour frozen mix into glass, garnish and serve. (I garnished with key lime slices and a little pinch of rim salt.) 

Note:  Piloncillo is sold in most grocery stores in the Mexican herb/spice section where all the dried chilis are located. It is a very raw unrefined form of cane sugar and it is what gives Mexican coca cola that awesome flavor.  It has a distinct caramel flavor and sweet aroma. 

When you mix the essence of the chili powder from the rim salt with the aroma of the piloncillo syrup it makes a truly unique and one of a kind margarita that your friends will keep coming back for.   Please enjoy this and my other recipes and have a safe and festive Cinco de Mayo.   ~James

Here are some delicious recipes from James that would go great with this margarita and is perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any other festive night!


What is your favorite thing about Cinco de Mayo?  Do you have a favorite margarita you would like to share?  We would love to see it! 

As always we would love to hear what you want James to cook next.  Suggestions are needed!

(Be sure to check out other great recipes by James.  You can find them on the Foodie Friday tab at the top of the page or look for the label "foodie friday" in the blog posts.)

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Sarah said...

Oh you have so many cute things and I love your "foodie friday." I have a link party on Tuesdays that I would love for you to stop by and link up!

Miss Kitty said...

Oh. My. Goodness. That margarita looks too divine! I wishing I was not working tonight May 5th...I could have James' margarita AND a mint julep to watch the Kentucky Derby. I am saving that recipe for a day I am not working...and I am looking forward to it. Thanks for sharing! I saw your post over at "Tatertots and Jello".

the Sweetest Memory said...

Sarah, thanks for stopping by! I will be sure to stop by for your link party! Thank you for the invite!


the Sweetest Memory said...

Miss Kitty- Thank you so much for stopping by! A mint julep while watching the Kentucky Derby sounds wonderful! Be sure to wear your big hat too!